Book Giveaway: Defending Beef

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Speaker and author Nicolette Hahn Niman, author of Defending Beef, was invited to Sweden this past December  to be part of  the “Your Plate. Our Planet: The Future of Food” Nobel Week Dialogue 2016 panel.   As part of this impressive panel and in her book Nicolette―a longtime vegetarian―dispels popular myths about how eating beef is bad for our bodies. She methodically evaluates health claims made against beef, demonstrating that such claims have proven false.  She shows how foods from cattle―milk and meat, particularly when raised entirely on grass―are healthful, extremely nutritious, and an irreplaceable part of the world’s food system. Continue reading

Chocolate Giveaway: Theo Clusters

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Oh my goodness. The lovely folks at Seattle chocolate masters, Theo, are providing a cluster of goodies for three Cookus Interruptus subscribers.

Reminder: Theo Chocolate is dedicated to

  • Using only pure ingredients that are grown sustainably. We source our ingredients locally whenever possible.
  • Partnering with our growers by ensuring they earn a living wage and have access to education for their families.
  • Honoring and respecting our employees and suppliers. This is possible due to the unique fact that we control every step of our own manufacturing process.
  • Using green energy sources to power our factory.
  • Using sustainable packaging and printing methods.
  • Educating about social and environmental accountability 7 days a week through public tours of our artisan factory. Continue reading

Book Giveaway: The 4th Edition of Feeding the Whole Family

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Here she is in all her glory. I’m super-proud of this new edition. Not just because of all the new recipes and information I had fun adding, but it’s just so darn pretty to look through. Dazzling photographs galore. (love the fonts, the layout, the whole deal).

Over 80,000 copies of Feeding the Whole Family (all 4 editions together) have been sold. The journey story is in the new introduction.

Want to win a free copy? I want you to. Type in a comment to question three and all 432 pages could be on their way to you! Continue reading

Book Giveaway: Clean Soups by Rebecca Katz

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Do you know Rebecca Katz? What a spicy, fun, adorable, talented, smartie she is. We’re so proud to giveaway a copy of her brand new (fifth?) cookbook: Clean Soups.

Crack this beauty open to find 60 seriously delicious soups. Perfect timing as cool fall weather sneaks in. As Rebecca says, “Soup is the ultimate culinary hug!”

Win this cookbook, heave ho your soup pot, and simmer! Here’s how: Continue reading

Book Giveaway: Portland Farmer’s Market Cookbook

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My friends from Sasquatch Books volunteered to giveaway one of their treasure trove of books to a lucky Cookus Interruptus subscriber.

(Sasquatch has published a brand new, fully-revised 4th edition (yes FOUR) of Feeding the Whole Family which arrives soon. Right now Amazon has an incredible pre-sale price at a 40% savings (whoa) so you might want to grab one.)

For today, however, we offer you a crack at winning the recently debuted Portland Farmer’s Market Cookbook.

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Book Giveaway: The Mindfulness Colouring Book

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You have to love that we’re giving away a coloring book for adults, right? The Bastyr University Bookstore is featuring this lovely activity book PLUS a set of 12 colored pencils to one of our subscribers. Sweet!

The Mindfulness Coloring Book:  Anti-Stress Art Therapy for Busy People

by Emma Farrarons

In The Mindfulness Coloring Book, accomplished illustrator Emma Farrarons presents 70 intricate and beguiling patterns to help you color your way to tranquility. Here are flowers, leaves, butterflies, and birds alongside rolling waves and kaleidoscopic designs.

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Book Giveaway: The Drunken Botanist

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The Bastyr University Bookstore has offered up this fascinating book for one of our  subscribers (either those that imbibe or are just curious about imbibing)!

The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart

Ms. Stewart explores the dizzying array of herbs, flowers, trees, fruits, and fungi that humans have, through ingenuity, inspiration, and sheer desperation, contrived to transform into alcohol over the centuries.

Win this intoxicating book and learn new things!  Here’s how: Continue reading

Book(s) Giveaway: How to Love/How to Eat

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The Bastyr University Bookstore is collaborating with Cookus Interruptus to give away one of these intimate books to two subscribers!

These friendly, pocket-sized books from Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh are rich with the simple lessons we tend to forget in our hurry up, multi-task world.

How to Love

Nhat Hanh brings his signature clarity, compassion, and humor to the thorny question of how to love and distills one of our strongest emotions down to four essentials: you can only love another when you feel true love for yourself; love is understanding; understanding brings compassion; and deep listening and loving speech are key ways of showing our love. Continue reading

Book Giveaway: Food as Medicine

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The Bastyr University Bookstore has offered up this fascinating book for one of our curious subscribers!

Food as Medicine: The Theory and Practice of Food by Todd Caldecott

Are you mostly Kapha, Pita or Vata? Do you know? Based on these three basic models of “being”, traditional Ayurvedic medicine addresses individuality and uses food to tweak imbalances. I have used Ayurvedic practices in my own health for many years. This time-honored practice of medicine makes sense and works! Continue reading

Lavender Bergamot Bath Salts

IMG_0722Homemade gift! Encourages stress relief. Terribly easy to make. Lavender for relaxation. Bergamot (the unique flavor in Earl Grey Tea) is both relaxing and uplifting.

  • 3 cups Epsom salts
  • 2 cups sea salt
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup cosmetic clay*
  • 8 drops essential lavender oil
  • 8 drops essential bergamot oil

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Combine salts, soda and clay in a large bowl and mix until even. Add oils a few drops at a time, spreading the drops throughout. Mix again. Put salts in clean glass jars. Use anywhere from 1/2-3/4 cup per bath.

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Makes 6 cups

*aka China clay, ceramic clay, kaolin clay. Used in the mix to keep salts from sweating and clumping.